Jangsung Tea Plantation

Location: Nokjin-ri, Nam-myeon, Jangsung-gun, Jeolla-namdo
Size: 13 acres

Jangsung Tea Plantation was established in 1965, being the first tea field our Honam Tea Estates. Jangsung has 35-year, 24-year and 10-year tea trees, meaning the tea trees (camellia sinensis) have been strongly rooted into the foundation and simple weather changes will not affect them. The best example would be the harsh, cold winter that struck Korea a few winters back – many tea fields and plants in South Korea area were destroyed and uprooted by all the snow, strong winds and below freezing temperature. Our fields and tea trees were of the few that survived. The main reason for this was the deep rooting and firm foundation.

Jangsung Tea Plantation is located in the nothernmost point of the province of Jeolla-namdo (the northernmost point in South Korea tha produces tea). This field produces teas of the highest quality and of the best taste. The cooler climate makes this tea estate ideal for tea shrubs reserved for matcha (powdered green tea). Tea leaves reserved for matcha are partially shade-grown (photo below) for a certain amount of time before harvest. This allows for a more vibrant “green” color and sweeter aroma and flavor.

Jangsung Tea Plantation has been officially certified as organic by both South Korea (2009) and the USDA (2010). Hankook Tea’s organic line comes exclusively from this field. All other Hankook Tea’s teas come from a combination of all the different fields within the Honam Tea Estates to ensure consistency in aroma and taste year after year.

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Chrysanthemum: Health Benefits

Especially found in the yellow part and the fruit of the Chrysanthemum flower is high amounts of B carotene. The liver converts B carotene into Vitamin A, which has been found to be helpful in treating skin problems, increasing immunity, postponing the aging process and preventing age-related blindness.*[1]

Chrysanthemum is also a great source of other nutrients, such as Vitamin B (including choline, folacin, niacin and riboflavin), Vitamin C and minerals (like calcium, iron, magnesium, adenine, amino acids and glycosides).*[1]

Some health benefits found linked with these nutrients and minerals found in the chrysanthemum include the following*[1]:

– Antiviral properties help relieve congestion due to viral infection
– Calm down the nerves
– Detoxify the liver
– Ease discomfort from high body temperature (slight toothache, throbbing gums, etc.)
– Ease giddiness
– Ease heaviness in head during cold
– Help digestion with taken with food (especially oily foods)
– Help with treatment of coronary artery disease, blocked arteries and even varicose veins
– Lower cholesterol level
– Reduce body heat from illness and heat stroke (natural coolant)
– Relieve sinusitis discomfort
– Stimulating properties help alert senses and rejuvenate brain
– Relieve sore throat
– Relieve redness, itchiness, dryness in eyes and lighten dark spots around the eye area
– Strengthen lungs and provide relief in respiratory problems (like shortness of breath)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.; [1]Resource: http://www.bewellbuzz.com/wellness-buzz/10-health-benefits-chrysanthemum-tea/

Since 1951…

In 1951, “Hankook Black Tea” was established in the city of Suncheon (South Korea), starting with production of only black tea, adding green tea production a few years later. Relocation to the current location in Gwangju, along expansion of adding the production of duchung (root of a plant) and kyulmyung (cassia seed), took place in 1964. During this time, the company was a solely a supplier of raw material to various other companies within the country.

By 1994, the company was producing retail packaging for all its products, as well as opening up several retail storefronts and tea rooms under the name Chasaengwon (“where tea is produced”). The company’s name was also changed to the current Hankook Tea Company.

In 1995, Hankook Tea was the official sponsor of the Gwangju Biennale 1995. By this time, exports to Japan and Canada were in full effect. Continuous time and effort was spent to produce the best possible cup of Korean tea. These efforts were acknowledged in 1997 when the company participated in the International Tea Competition (sponsored by the board of Shizuoka in Japan) as the Korean representative.

This not only pointed out the importance of spreading the Korean tea culture to other countries, but also within the country, in which the culture had faded in the past few decades (especially with the boom of coffee and cafes).

In 1997, the Woon-Cha Cultural Center was opened, creating a space where anyone and everyone was welcome come enjoy tea. Multiple gatherings – education sessions, filming of the Korean tea ceremony, casual tea with friends and more – have and still take place to this day.

Contributing further to the modern history of tea in Korea, the company erected a statue of Master Choeui (photo above – from http://www.baekryunsa.net/plugin/mobile/board.php?bo_table=photo_6&wr_id=291) at the Daeheung Temple in Haenam in 1999.

In 2005, Hankook Tea U.S.A, Inc. was established and a Chasaengwon was opened in Los Angeles, California (photo above).


By this time, recognition and awards were received from various competitions, festivals and events, as well as from the government of South Korea. The greatest recognition was received in 2008, when founder and CEO Yang Won Suh was appointed as the 34th Grand Master of Traditional Korean Foods (picture left) by the Republic of Korea, awarded in superior production of Hwang Cha (partially oxidized tea) and Matcha (powdered green tea).

Following current trends and upholding strict standards to produce eco-friendly products that are harmonious with Mother Nature, organic certification (South Korea and USDA) and ISO22000 certification (top grade given to factories for cleanliness and sanitation) were acquired, expanding our selection of teas even further.

Hankook Tea always strives to continue and contribute to our rich heritage.

Cherishing the Exquisite Art of Tea and
Philosophy of Friendship

Chrysanthemum Blossom Tisane

gukhwa cha (국화차) = chrysanthemum blossom tisane

Caffeine Free, like all tisanes, the Chrysanthemum Blossom steeps a bright golden infusion. The color of the liquor reflects its sunny flavor profile – crisp and clear with a delicate hint of mint.

These small, golden blossoms are found in a small, southern region of South Korea. As with most flowers, chrysanthemum has some level of toxicity and contains allergens. To get rid of these impurities (and make it safe to eat/drink), the flowers are cleansed and dried. (Hankook Tea’s Chrysanthemum Blossom Tisane is cleansed with a mix of jujube, licorice roots, salt, ginger and ginseng.)

These little golden blossoms are commonly used by Asian herbalists as a cure for headache and dizziness. An infusion of chrysanthemum is perfect for people who have strained and fatigued eyes. Also, a perfect home remedy for coughs and slight fevers.*

Enjoy the beauty of Spring at any time as you watch the blossoms bloom in your cup.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.;

Tisane (herbal tea)

Tisane is the French term for aromatic or herb-flavored tea. An herb is a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody; such a plant when valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.

In other words, anything that does not come from the camellia sinensis (tea plant) cannot technically be called “tea”. The correct terminology for these types of herbal “tea” would be tisane or herbal infusion.

These are 100% caffeine-free.

Caffeine is only found in a handful of things on Earth – coffee bean, tea leaf (camellia sinensis), kola nut (used to make soft drinks like cola) and the cocoa bean (used to make chocolate).

Yes, all tea contains at least some level of caffeine. We will go into more detail about how caffeine found in tea is different than caffeine found in other products in another article.

Jaksul Cha (Green Tea)

Sparrow’s Tongue

High quality artisan teas are often referred to as Jaksul Cha in Korea.

Gamnong Jaksul Green Tea from the 2008 harvest
Sejak (first flush) green tea from South Korea

Jaksul (jahk-suhl, sometimes spelled Jakseol) = directly translates into “sparrow’s tongue”, referring to the tea leaf’s resemblance to the delicate shape of a sparrow’s tongue.

Cha (cha) = tea

As with all “tea”, Jaksul Cha (green tea) comes from the camellia sinensis, which is the species of plant whose leaves and buds are used to produce tea. For thousands of years, this plant has been the fundamental source for white, green, oolong and black teas.

Jaksul Cha is graded according to a balance of leaf size and time harvested.

Honam Tea Estates

Elegant Masterpieces of Natural Purity

Hankook Tea directly manages the operations and productions of Honam Tea Estates, creating a taste of integrity within each steep.

The location for our Honam Tea Estates have been carefully chosen for their ideal localities for producing the best teas grown in Korea. Before planting, each location had been examined for ideal temperatures, abundant rainfall, rich soil conditions and natural beauty. To ensure taste consistency in our teas, year after year, the tea estates are strategically distanced from each other throughout the province of Jeolla-namdo – Jangsung, Youngam and Haenam.

Upholding strict standards, Honam Tea Estates uses eco-friendly agricultural methods that are harmonious with its surrounding environment. Each tender leaf is allowed to grow at its natural pace, free from pesticides.